- a person sent by a church into an area to carry on evangelism or other activities, as educational or hospital work.
- a person strongly in favor of a program, set of principles, etc., who attempts to persuade or convert others.
- a person who is sent on a mission.
Origin of missionary
Related Words for missionerherald, evangelist, apostle, pastor, promoter, preacher, propagandist, messenger, minister, clergy, teacher, converter, revivalist, clergyperson, proselytizer
Examples from the Web for missioner
Historical Examples of missioner
She at once inquired if she could be permitted an interview with the Missioner.Hubert's Wife
Minnie Mary Lee
It was designed and built by Robert Aitken the famous Cornish missioner.The Cornish Riviera
Puffin has been a Missioner, and he is a wonderful organizer.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume II (of 3)
Charles James Wills
Was it possible that Nada and the Missioner had not escaped its fury?
And she's got faith in me, and would go with me to the Missioner's tomorrow.
- a less common name for missionary
- a person heading a parochial mission in a Christian country
- a member of a religious mission
- of or relating to missionariesmissionary work
- resulting from a desire to convert people to one's own beliefsmissionary zeal
1650s, from missionary (adj.). Missionary position attested by 1963, said to have been coined by Kinsey (1948), who identified its origin in work done by Polish anthropologist Bronisław Malinowski in Melanesia in the 1920s; allegedly from the term used by South Pacific peoples to describe what Christian missionaries promoted to replace their local variations. By late 1960s it became the general term for this type of sex, formerly also known as the English-American position.
"sent on a mission," 1640s, from Modern Latin missionarius "pertaining to a mission," from Latin missionem (see mission).